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Victim Of UT Tower Sniper: ‘Why Would You Want Guns On A University Campus?’

It was 50 years ago today that a lone sniper took up a position atop “the tower” on the University of Texas campus in Austin.


The sniper killed 16 people before police shot him dead. There were survivors. One of them was a freshman from Dallas, Claire Wilson. She was the first person shot.

She was 8 months pregnant at the time. Her baby did not live.

Wilson recently talked with KERA’s Rick Holter about the tragedy and what she thinks about the new, campus carry law that takes effect today. Click on the audio play button above to listen.

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Dave Fehling

Dave Fehling

Director of News and Public Affairs

As Director of News and Public Affairs, Dave Fehling manages the radio news operation at Houston's NPR station. Previously, he was a reporter at the station, covering the oil & gas industry and its impact on the environment. He won top state honors for in-depth and investigative reporting as well...

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